Monthly Archives: April 2017

Time posted: 1:50 am

Tracking A Line Of Strong To Severe Storms

Good Sunday, folks. A strong cold front is ready to push across the state later today, bringing additional strong to severe thunderstorms our way. This line of storms can cause some issues as it rolls to the east. I will help you track this and focus on a rather ugly setup leading into Kentucky Derby weekend.

Today’s line of storms will impact the west during the late afternoon hours, then roll eastward overnight. It’s likely to weaken some by the time it reaches the east…

Some of these storms may be strong or severe with damaging winds and large hail. In addition to the severe threat, another round of flooding rains will be possible. This is of great concern for those areas getting in on substantial flooding over the past few days. Your tracking toys…


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The weather to start Derby week looks much better than the way we will end it. A big upper level low will spin into the region and may hang around into Kentucky Derby Saturday…

Those can be nasty weather makers with cool temps, gusty winds and the potential for rounds of decent rains.

Some of the computer models are spitting out some very heavy rains across the region over the next 7 days…

Keep in mind, that includes what falls out there today. Timing and placement of heavy rains will vary greatly during thunderstorm season. Always keep that in mind.

I’m looking at the month of May and I’m thinking.. “cool”.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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Time posted: 3:59 am

Storms and Heat Battle

Good Saturday, folks. We have a wild battle taking shape out there this weekend. A surge of summertime heat and humidity is dueling it out with rounds of strong to severe storms. This fight will then give way to another active week of weather for next week.

Today starts with rounds of big storms across the west and north. These storms are putting down a tremendous amount of rain, causing flash flooding issues. A few of the storms may continue to be severe early on. I will have your tracking tools in a bit.

This afternoon will find temps making a run into the mid and upper 80s for much of the state. For the past week, I’ve  talked about the potential for a 90 degree temp and that is certainly possible. Scattered storms may still impact the far north and west.

Sunday is another day with temps similar to today. This all changes from west to east as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms sweeps eastward during the late afternoon and evening…

Much cooler air comes in behind this for Monday with showers ending. Windy and seasonal temps then carry us into Tuesday and Wednesday with a small storm chance.

A very ugly setup appears to be in the making as we head into late next week into the Kentucky Derby Saturday…

Widespread gusty rains may develop late Thursday and carry us through Oaks Day and, possibly Derby Day. One thing looks certain, temps will be pretty darn cool around here and for much of the eastern half of the country. Check out how far below normal the numbers get…

I have you set to track whatever storms continue out there today…

 


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Have a great Saturday and take care.

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Time posted: 2:04 am

Severe Storms and Heavy Rain Threat

Good Friday, everyone. We have rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms targeting the region this weekend. The first round kicks in this evening and could cause some big issues that would carry us into Saturday, with another round later Sunday.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Gusty southwesterly winds will kick in, boosting temps into the 80s.
  • Thunderstorms will rapidly develop across the west and southwestern parts of the state this afternoon and early evening. That action will then spread northeastward this evening.
  • These storms may be severe with damaging winds and large hail the primary players. Isolated tornadoes are also a possibility, especially in the west.
  • A big concern will be flash flooding. These storms may line up and move over the same areas, putting down torrential rains. The greatest threat for this is across the west and central areas of the state.
  • More storms will be around on Saturday, but become more scattered during the day. Still, some of these can cause issues.
  • A line of severe storms will likely work west to east across the state Sunday into Sunday night. This could produce another round of damaging winds and flooding rains.

Before I get to your tracking tools, I want to say a quick word about the pattern next week. We will likely see additional rounds of showers and storms kicking back in here for the middle and end of the week as another storm system moves in. This could bring more heavy rains our way. It will also likely unleash some very cool temps for Kentucky Derby Weekend.

Back to today’s action… I will have the latest on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm. Here are your storm tracking tools for the day…


Current Watches
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I-24 MP 7 @ US 62
Paducah
I-24 MP 7 @ US62

I-65 MP 36
Near Bowling Green
I-65 MP 36

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

I-65 MP 92.4
Elizabethtown

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

I-64 @ I-264
Louisville
I-64 @ I-264

I-264 @ Freedom Way
Near Louisville International Airport
I-264 @ Freedom Way

US 60 @ US 460
Frankfort
US60 @ US460

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-275 at Mineola Pike
Near Covington
I-275 @ Mineola Pike

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

Have a safe Friday and take care.

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Time posted: 2:27 am

Weekend Severe Weather Threat

Good Thursday, everyone. We have a broken band of thunderstorms working across the state today, but the main focus of the forecast is on the weekend. That’s when we will likely see rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms that can produce some high water issues.

Today’s storms will quickly roll from west to east into the early afternoon. A few could be on the strong side during this time…

Better weather blows in here during the afternoon and evening, but it’s not going to last very long.

A surge of warm, moist and unstable air will then sweep in here Friday and take us through the weekend. We will see thunderstorms develop quickly late Friday into Friday night. Some of these may be strong or severe with repeat thunderstorm action. Some of that continues into Saturday. Here’s the rough outline for severe weather during this time…

The Storm Prediction Center has much of the state in the slight to enhanced risk for severe storms…

That action will slowly lift to the north on Saturday, but we will still need to watch for some storms blowing up. Low pressure then works toward the Great Lakes on Sunday, bringing another round of strong and severe storms eastward into Sunday night…

We will need to be on guard for some very heavy rains falling across the central and west…

Have a great day and take care.

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Time posted: 12:44 am

Tracking A Stormy Setup

Good Wednesday, gang. We continue to see a very active pattern rolling on across our part of the world. This pattern can bring strong storms our way later tonight, with a much greater threat for big storms this weekend. That’s a setup really getting my attention from this far out.

Let’s focus on what we have in the short-term before looking at the weekend.

Highs today hit 80-85 with a stout southwesterly wind kicking in. Skies will stay dry during the daylight hours, but things change from west to east after that. This is when a cold front works in from the west with a line of thunderstorms. This line may be severe as it moves into western parts of the state, but should gradually weaken as it moves eastward into Thursday.

From there, we will watch a potent setup from the plains to the Appalachian Mountains this weekend.  A surge of summer air lifts northward into our region later Friday into Saturday. This will then meet up with MUCH colder air coming in behind it later this weekend to produce a rather explosive setup.

This is pretty awesome to see…

As the initial surge of summer air sweeps in here, overrunning strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible Friday night into the first half of Saturday…

Warm, moist and very unstable air will then take control Saturday into Sunday. That air is ahead of a storm system rolling across the plains and into the Great Lakes. That will have a major snowstorm behind it and a significant severe weather outbreak ahead of it…

In additional to the severe weather threat, these storms can put down a lot of water in our region…

Make it a great Wednesday and take care.

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